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Driving from Toronto to Muskoka - Dinner ideas?

MickFlanagen Feb 13, 2013 11:51 AM

Hi Folks,

As the title suggests, I'll be driving from Toronto to Muskoka on Friday evening for a nice weekend up north with the girlfriend. I'm hoping to find some good ideas for a place to stop for dinner along the way.

Roughly speaking, the route is from Toronto to Barrie to MacTier to Port Carling. Here is a map of the actual route: http://goo.gl/maps/vWPNH

The shorter the detour the better, but I'd be willing to go a bit of course for a really great place.

What kind of restaurant? Casual, but not bar casual, a good pub with quality pub food would be great. Somewhere where we can get a decent meal, probably in the $10-$25 range for mains (i'd be willing to be a bit flexible on the upside, but not too much).

Thanks in advance for all of your help.


  1. estufarian Feb 13, 2013 01:09 PM

    You'll add about 30 mins to your trip by detouring through Midland (Hwy 93 then Hwy 12).
    There are two places worth that detour (both on King Street)
    Lilly's (Italian - sort of with everything home-made)
    Explorers Cafe - borrows from anywhere in the world - great winelist.

    Food is better at Lilly's, but more interesting (albeit more rustic) at Explorers. Both would make my top 10 if in Toronto.

    http://www.theexplorerscafe.com/broadband/index.html (closes 10:00pm


    http://www.shopmidland.com/lillys?lis... (closes 9:00pm)

    1. Bobby Wham Feb 13, 2013 01:48 PM

      Five Guys at Weston and Highway 7, seriously. Right off Highway 400, best food you're gonna get and in your price range, better than any pub burger.

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        realtorav8tor Feb 13, 2013 03:23 PM

        Try the Bass Lake Store about 2-3 k east from old 69 on the way to Bala. Pub food and reasonable.

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